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Mongan installed as president of the American Society of Civil Engineers

Mongan installed as president of the American Society of Civil Engineers

December 11, 2007|By MARLO BARNHART

FUNKSTOWN - Growing up in Funkstown, David G. Mongan set his sights on a law career early.

"But after two years at Washington and Lee University, I decided the law wasn't for me," Mongan said by telephone recently.

Mongan worked for a while and then on the advice of a friend, he charted a course toward civil engineering at the University of Maryland.

Apparently it was a good decision, since Mongan ? now the head of a Baltimore engineering firm ? was recently installed as president of the American Society of Civil Engineers.


The new president of ASCE is the son of Gail and Betty Mongan of Funkstown.

He is married to the former Janet Henesy of Hagerstown. They live in Reisterstown, Md.

As ASCE president-elect last year, Mongan visited local units and chapters to carry the message of the national organization far and wide.

"We are working with sister societies and governmental agencies in partnering agreements," Mongan said. "We are very active in promoting legislation favorable to civil engineering with a goal of rebuilding U.S. infrastructure."

Anyone interested in how that is going may log on to, where Mongan's organization publishes a report card on progress.

Mongan is a 1965 graduate of South Hagerstown High School. After earning his undergraduate degree at the University of Maryland, he went on to get his master of business administration degree from Loyola College.

He is president of Whitney, Bailey, Cox and Magnani in Baltimore. The firm provides professional services in highway and bridge engineering, as well as architectural design of institutional, commercial and industrial buildings, transportation planning, environmental engineering and many other functions.

Mongan is responsible for administrative and financial functions, as well as client contact and business development for the firm.

Within ASCE, Mongan has served as a district governor, vice president, treasurer and Maryland section president. He has served on numerous national committees and has received awards, including the ASCE Maryland civil engineer of the year, Baltimore engineer of the year and the William Wisely American civil engineer award.

Mongan was installed as president of the ASCE in Orlando, Fla., during the annual conference in November. He will hold the office until the fall of 2008.

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